Your Questions Answered

Will it cost me anything?

We will advise you on the various ways of funding a claim.

How long do I have to pursue a claim?

As a general rule, personal injury claims must be made within three years of the accident or, in the case of an industrial disease, from when you had reasonable grounds for bringing a claim. However, it is important to seek immediate advice in order to get the best possible outcome for your claim.

If the injured person is a minor (under the age of 18) then they will have three years from the age of 18 to pursue the claim.

It is important to keep all receipts and documents relating to the injury and the losses sustained by you. It is also useful to keep a diary or a record of treatment, pain, and appointments, as it is very easy for those items to be forgotten with the passage of time. It is also helpful to take photographs of your injury and any damage caused which will help us assess the strength of the claim.

What is my claim worth?

It is difficult to give an estimate of the value of your potential claim without detailed medical evidence of your conditions and the prognosis. If your injuries are serious, it may be necessary to obtain medical evidence from several experts to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

Compensation is split into two parts, general damages and special damages.

General damages are for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Loss of amenity is the extent to which your life has been affected by the accident.

Special damages cover the actual financial losses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. Your future needs will also need to be taken into account, depending on the severity of the injuries sustained. This can include, as an example, loss of earnings, particularly if you are unlikely to be able to return to the same or similar work.

To give you an idea of the value of general damages please see our Compensation Guide.

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